Sticklers for tradition, Sari Ratu has got to be one of the more authentic places to get nasi padang in Singapore. Choices are aplenty at their main branch in Pahang Street so we don't blame you for taking your time when ordering!
All time favourites include the rendang, eggplant in chilli, grilled chicken, chicken in creamy coconut curry, fried fish and also the delightful beef tendon curry if you're looking for something different. Stick around for dessert and their choice of cold drinks and juices to wash away the rich, rich food.
A hot lunchtime spot, you'll notice snaking queues outside any Hjh Maimunah store before the actual lunch hour. Of course there's a reason for this: everyone wants first dibs on the food because trust us, it will run out. How it works is exactly like any other mixed rice stall where you get to choose whatever dishes you want and face the consequences at the cash register afterwards.
If you've tried the tahu telor, Sundanese grilled chicken and the beef rendang, you'll understand why so many keep coming back for more. If you're feeling adventurous, try the lemak siput sedut – sea snails in a rich coconut broth. Stick around for some traditional Malay kueh and desserts after your meal. Best part? It won't cost you more than $20 ($10 if you're real frugal with your dish choices).
Opened by Haji Isrin at the corner of Kandahar Street in 1948 – where it remains today – and now run by third-generation owners, the stall continues to churn out homely platters of authentic Malay dishes to a throng of people, including celebrities like former sports personality Fandi Ahmad and also us, simple, hungry people.
'Generous' is Nasi Pariaman's middle name. Plates are packed with rice covered in gravy of your choice – there’s gulai ayam (a chicken curry) and lodeh – and an assortment of side dishes such as sambal goreng, bagedil, ikan bilis, tofu and long beans. But the star here is the beef rendang ($3.50), a tender hunk of meat that’s drenched in spices, chilli and gravy. Pair this dish with a steaming cup of teh tarik ($1.30) to complete your meal.
They say Singaporeans love to queue, but for nasi padang as good as Sinar Pagi's, it's worth it. The establishment has been around since 1966 and has opened another branch at the bustling Geylang Serai Market.
Get ready for the spice if you're in line for some nasi padang because most of the dishes in this stall pack a punch. The star of the store is the tender barbecued chicken that is dropped into a sunny, coconut curry sauce. Going for vegetarian options? The towering stack of tahu goreng is sweet, crunchy and peanuty and the braised brinjal is coated with ruby-red sambal. Bring on the heat.
This authentic Indonesian restaurant started in 1954 and specialises in Minangkabau cuisine – that's the source of all things Padang food. Having recently renovated, Rumah Makan Minang still sits pretty in the heart of the Malay heritage district, right in front of Sultan Mosque. You can't miss this establishment!
Stacked dishes brimming with signature spicy classics are displayed behind the glass counter: tongue-searing petai prawns, daging balado, and racks of ayam panggang (spicy grilled chicken) that usually sell out by the end of lunchtime. The menu varies a little each day, so depending on your luck, you could be digging into a spicy curry on a Tuesday and perhaps a sambal brinjal on Wednesday.